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In Sierra Leone, World Cup Handed to President Koroma
By Radcliffe Pratt
Oct 13, 2009, 11:44
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Through the efforts of the Coca Cola company who collaborated with FIFA officials to sponsor the arrival of the World Cup into this country, Sierra Leoneans were yesterday thrilled with the pleasure of seeing their President handed the famous gold trophy and raise it sky high at State House to loud cheers from the gathering.

Koroma expressed delight for the cups presence in the country and said the safety of the cup in the country should reflect that Sierra Leone is one of the worlds safest countries whilst he assured the FIFA officials that the cups presence in Sierra Leone will further boost the love for football that is inherent in all our localities to the smallest village level having football teams. 

For his part, the FIFA representative who arrived into Freetown with the Cup, Mr. Madaras informed the cheering crowd that the presence of the cup was as a result of the blessing of President Koroma who assured of robust security for the invaluable trophy. He called on Sierra Leoneans to actively participate even if through remote televeison screens, in next years world cup that would be the first to be hosted in Africa. President Koroma was also extended an invitation to attend the World Cup in South Africa in 2010. The acting President of the Sierra Leone Football Association, J.S. Kelfala gave the vote of thanks.


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